The aftermath of Marvel Comics' "Avengers Vs X-Men" event gave the X-Men a reason to come together in that for the first time in several years as large numbers of new mutants began appearing in the Marvel Universe. However, Charles Xavier's death in that series at the hands of a Dark Phoenix-possessed Cyclops only served to exacerbate the existing ideological schism between Wolverine and Cyclops' branches of the X-Men. In the pages of Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen's "All-New X-Men" #1 the Beast resorted to desperate measures in order to convince Cyclops to abandon the mutant revolutionary path he had embarked upon.

Beast's plan brought the teenage versions of himself and the other four founding X-Men into the present, but it blew up in his face when the original five X-Men remained in the present day and one of their number, Angel, even joined Cyclops' "Uncanny X-Men" splinter team. It remains to be seen if Beast tampering with the X-Men's past has destroyed the team's future? That's one of the questions at the center of the "X-Men: Battle of the Atom" crossover running through "All-New X-Men," "Uncanny X-Men," "X-Men," and "Wolverine & the X-Men" that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the X-Men's creation.

In "X-Men: Battle of the Atom" #1 by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Frank Cho the original five X-Men went into action and almost ended up drastically altering history. Then in the second part of the crossover, "All-New X-Men" #16, by Bendis and Immonen, Wolverine's team of X-Men met and clashed with a group claiming to be the X-Men of the future. Comic Book Resources spoke with Senior Editor Nick Lowe about the events of these first two issues and what's still to come in "Battle of the Atom."

CBR News: Nick, we're two issues into "Battle of the Atom" and one of the biggest things to happen is the introduction of the mysterious X-Men from the future. Based on what we've seen and what we were told this appears to be a team of X-Men from a dystopian Sentinel overrun future created in part by the Original Five X-Men never returning to the present day. Is that correct? Can we as readers take what the future X-Men are saying at face value? Or should we be suspicious of them like the teenage Jean Grey?

Nick Lowe: You're correct. These are the Future X-Men from a really awful future. Now, are they all boy scouts? The X-Men rarely are, even today. They aren't exactly like the X-Men of today, I'll tell you that much. They've been forced to make a ton of difficult decisions in a rough, rough place.

One of the big reveals at the end of "All-New X-Men" #16 is that Jean Grey is part of this X-Men team from the future. That to me suggests that "Battle of the Atom" is as much a Jean Grey story as it is an X-Men story Is that correct? How important was it to you that Jean's past, present and future be represented in this 50th Anniversary story? What do you think she meant to the X-Men?

Not only is Jean is one of the most important X-Characters of all time, but she's also been the center of "All-New X-Men" since it launched. She's also got the most to lose if she and her friends get sent back in time, so she's definitely at the core of "Battle of the Atom."

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